Summer Reading Resources

Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story

June 1 - August 31, 2020

Have FUN this summer with books, activities, and virtual programs from Brooklyn Public Library!

Welcome to the home page for New York City's 2020 Summer Reading Programs!

Imagine Your Story this summer at New York City’s public libraries! The 2020 Summer Reading programs will give you the tools you need to support and encourage kids of all ages to read every day.

Reading over the summer months helps kids foster a love of independent reading and keep their literacy skills strong.

Click on the tabs above for more information about the importance of summer reading. Follow the links below to find your local library and learn about virtual events, book lists and fun activity suggestions designed to spark your imagination.

2020 Teen Video Challenge

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual video contest hosted by CSLP. It’s open to all teens across the country. The challenge is for teens to create a public services announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2020 Summer Reading slogan “Imagine Your Story.”

Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.

Video submissions will be accepted June 1 through August 7, 2020.

Five national winners will be chosen. Each winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library.

You can find CSLP’s Official TVC Submission Form and 2020 TVC Contest Rules here:

Last year’s TVC winners included a team of NY state teens from Kingston Library in the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can watch the Kingston Library teens’ video and the other 4 winning TVC video entries from across the country through this link.

Want to promote TVC at your library, school or school library? Download the 2020 flyer here.

You can also find more outreach and social media promotional items on the CSLP site


Welcome to Summer Reading 2020 for teens!

We have a ton of fun stuff waiting for you so stick around and check out what we have.

Get your creative juices flowing with these ideas to spark your imagination, games and fun, great book ideas and much, much more!